Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

It all started with a bus seat, and Eleanor’s first day of school at a new high school. She is the new girl, with fiery red hair, a strange sense of style, and intelligence that radiates off of her. While Park is a secluded yet attractive guy, who has been stuck in the lulling life of high school. When these two meet, their differences attract each other and almost instantly life apart from each other seems unimaginable. Both have conflicts at home, from stepdads to unaccepting mothers, however when they are together, the hurt and disappointment are forgotten. However, how can this happy abyss last, when everything is trying to tear their young love apart. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell examines what it means to be helplessly in love, and still trying to maneuver through young adulthood unscathed. Eleanor and Park home life greatly influence their character and being. Eleanor comes from a poor family, with four siblings, who all live in fear of their step dad Richie. He is especially mean to Eleanor, as he tries to destroy any bit of happiness she enjoys. While Park’s family does not understand him, and question everything about Park. He is…

All American Boys

Rashad and Quinn are two people with an astounding story, one being a victim of police brutality and the other watching with disbelief. It starts off with Rashad, an ROTC student, preparing for a party by going to see his brother for money. Along the way, he stops at a corner store to buy a bag of chips. This ends up fatal for him because he becomes a victim of police brutality when a white lady trips over him. As it turns out, Quinn was at Jerry’s Corner Store at that same time and saw the whole thing, from Rashad being pushed on the ground to being beaten and shoved into the squad car. The story maintains its course throughout as Rashad’s friends find out about what has happened. This conflict ropes around the people in and outside of the school into two different groups, creating a schism between friend groups. This story contains what the people go through when they experience police brutality, and the book even explores the mind of what the cop must have thought. Both Rashad and Quinn have an important role to play in the story and fulfill it well, both in their own narratives….

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Coming of Age , Drama , Young Adult / October 25, 2017

“‘Someday, I’m going to discover all the secrets of the universe.’ That made me smile. ‘What are you going to do with all those secrets, Dante?’ ‘I’ll know what to do with them,’ he said. ‘Maybe change the world.’” (page 43)   “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Sáenz is hands down one of the best books I have ever read. The main characters are Aristotle (Ari) and Dante. Both characters are unique in his own way and although they are very different people they become best friends. Ari is going through a rough stage in his life. He’s mad at his father for bottling up so much and never telling Ari stories from his war experience. He’s mad at his parents for acting like his brother, who is in jail, does not exist. He’s mad that his older sisters believe he was “born too late.” But most of all, Ari is mad that he feels like he has no idea who he is. Dante on the other hand, is a unique teenage boy who has a new way of looking at the world. Unlike Ari, he isn’t afraid to be himself: walking around…